Simple Bandana Skirt {Tutorial}

A few weeks ago, I participated in a really fun event called Skirting the Issue over at Simple Simon and Co. They were gathering skirt donations to give to the foster care system for young girls and did a whole months event on different skirts.  I came up with a simple skirt made from bandanas and wanted to share it here as well!


As I was brainstorming what kind of skirt to come up with there was one consideration to make…I am bound and determined to use up my fabric stash I have overflowing in my room, so when I looked around the room for some inspiration, I found these:

Yep, just 2 simple bandanas and a little extra fabric and elastic and you have yourself a cute and breezy skirt perfect for the hot, hot summers we experience here in Las Vegas.

To start off, get 2 matching bandanas and lay them flat. Cut each bandana in half. Sew the sides together and finish the top with a serger or zig zag stitch. Place one of the pieces inside the other (I put both pieces with the writing that is often found on bandanas on the inside of the skirt.) and sew the tops together.

Now it is time for the waist piece:

Using THIS guide, figure out what size you will need the waist to be and add 2 inches.  I used 1 1/2″ elastic, so I cut a piece of fabric that was 3 1/2″ thick and made a tube by sewing the sides together and flipping it right side out. Nex,t I took a 6″ piece of elastic and thread it through the tube to the middle of the tube. I sewed the elastic down on one side (see pic.) Next, I gathered fabric over the elastic and then sewed down the other side.  This formed the waistband when I cut the strip (which now included the elastic) to the size I needed. Sew the pieces together.  Lastly, take the waistband and pin it to the bandana skirt part by pinning the four sides and then simply gathering the material in and pinning to create even gathers. Sew around the waistband.

To finish off the skirt, I added a simple flower to the front with a pin. It gave it just a little sass and will be easy to take off and on according to the outfit!

I really enjoyed working with the bandana because all of the sides were already finished. It made putting this together super simple and quick, which is fun because then you can make a lot in a little amount of time! I also love how many funky patterns you can find!

Good luck making your own simple bandana skirt!

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